We’ve already told you how weird Terry Gilliam‘s new movie, The Zero Theorem, sounds. But if Gilliam’s Facebook is to be believed, the film doesn’t just have a weird plot on top of the Gilliam trappings.
No, apparently he’s doing what can only be described as an anti-Cloud Atlas. Instead of casting actors in multiple roles he’s casting multiple actors for the same roles. Read the quotes and see what you make of them:
“Excitement at the front! Zero Theorem now has two more brilliant actors on board: Peter Stormare and Sanjeev Bhaskar. Not just comic geniuses but great friends. They will be sharing two parts at the same time. I hope you like the look.”
“Ben Whishaw has now joined our merry gang! Since work for film actors is very slow these days I’m having more than one actor play the same part. I’m hoping Ben and Matt Damon will work wonders on alternating days.”
Seems pretty cut and dry to me. You may remember that he cast several actors to complete Heath Ledger‘s role in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. That was out of necessity, but it seems to have given him the idea of expanding it to an entire film.
The Zero Theorem tells the story of a computer hacker whose goal of discovering the reason for human existence is continually interrupted thanks to the ‘Management’.
It stars, along with the aforementioned actors, Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, David Thewlis, Mélanie Thierry and Lucas Hedges. The release date is set for 2013. Likely the later half as it’s currently filming.